In Which Writing Is Fun

I’ve been teaching a teen writing class at the Rust Library for four weeks — tonight is the last class, and I have to say, I’m going to miss it! But to be honest, I think these young folks are ready to write and submit their own stories…the only challenge for them will be focusing enough to GET IT…

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Four Fathers

Dos Equis is so wrong: my father, George Kontis, is the most interesting man in the world. He’s great at parties and can talk to anyone. He speaks a little bit of every language on the planet. He tells the best jokes. He gives a tiara manly swagger. And he is the best storyteller EVER. Papa Woodcutter was a…

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Stars AND Garters!

Those of you who plod away, day after day, typing out words and then churning them over and over into the submission/rejection machine will understand exactly what I’m talking about when I tell you about the awesome moment I had today: I was in the middle of printing and signing the contract for an anthology I had just been…

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Dark Futures TOC

Nice! “Black Hole Sun” by Alethea Kontis & Kelli Dunlap “For Restful Death I Cry” by Geoffrey Girard “Tasting Green Grass” by Elaine Blose “Endangered” by Robby Sparks “Nostalgia” by Gene O’Neill “Beautiful Girl” by Angeline Hawkes “Father’s Flesh, Mother’s Blood” by Aliette De Bodard “Terra Tango 3″ by James Reilly “Love Kills” by Gill Ainsworth “Memories of Hope…

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My Future’s So Dark, I’ve Gotta Have Faith

I happen to be in two Dark anthologies this year: Dark Faith and Dark Futures. For a Princess who tiptoes in rainbows and often answers to the name of “Sunshine,” I find this predicament rather ironical. And fun. Because Irony is always fun. I’m still waiting on some direct ordering information for Dark Futures, but I’ve got some Dark…

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Don’t Forget!

There’s still time to vote for this! *************************************************** Click on over to the first annual Apex Magazine Story of the Year Award and cast your ballot. I do have a story on the ballot — “Poor Man’s Roses”, which appeared in October. Voting will continue through January 30th. The story receiving the most votes will be announced on February…

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Story Sale: “Savage Planet” to THE FOUR HORSEMAN anthology

I am proud to announce my first original short story sale of the year (the “first sale” was technically a reprint for a 2011 Nightshade Books fairy tale anthology…more details on that later) — “Savage Planet” to Pill Hill Press’s anthology The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death. My fun little spider-planet space opera falls…

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The 2010 Award Pimpage Post

I’ve always found this brand of year-in-review post — typically done by my favorite authors in the first week of January — far more considerate and helpful than self-serving. I know who my favorite authors are and I’ve read their stories…but gods help me if I can remember when they were all published. Plus, it’s nice to have all…

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Apex Magazine Story of the Year Award

Apex needs your votes! Click on over to the first annual Apex Magazine Story of the Year Award and cast your ballot. Yes, for those curious persons, I do have a story on the ballot — “Poor Man’s Roses”, which appeared in October. Voting starts tonight and will continue through January 30th. The story receiving the most votes will…

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The Clockwork Jungle Book

I’m honored to be part of the newest issue of Shimmer magazine: The Clockwork Jungle Book. Inside are twenty fabulous steampunk fables by some of the hottest names in SF: Shedding Skin; Or How the World Came to Be, by Jay Lake The Jackdaw’s Wife, by Blake Hutchins The Student and the Rats, by Jess Nevins The Mechanical Aviary…

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